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Special Features

Environmental Education Conference
September 15 – 16
James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, VA
The theme is Looking Back to a Sustainable Future. The facility was selected for its superior grounds and historical significance. Sessions that take participants outside are encouraged. The conference webpage will be posted on the Virginia Naturally website in the What’s New box. The RFPs will go out later this month. Registration will open in June.   For more information, go to: www.vanaturally.com/eeconference10.htmlClick here to view the Save the Date Card.
 
Virginia Naturally New Calendar
Check out the new and improved Virginia Naturally Calendar of Events! Virginia Naturally Partners can add their own events to the calendar. Visitors to the calendar can find out exactly where the event is located because Google has a map feature. Go to: http://www.vanaturally.com/calendar_of_events.html

Funding Awards and Deadlines

Brower Youth Awards 
Deadline May 15
Activists ages 13 – 22 are invited to apply for a $3,000 grant to continue the environmental grassroots efforts of the Earth Island Institute. Six people in North America are annually selected for this award. Go to: http://broweryouthawards.org/article.php?list=type&type=54.

Tool Factory Podcasting Grant
Deadline May 15
The Tool Factory Podcasting Grant offers digital media accessories needed to start a school podcasting program.  Applicants develop and submit a lesson plan incorporating student involvement and creativity.  Go to http://www.toolfactory.com/olympus_contest/olympus_podcasting.htm

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 
Deadline for nomination is May 21

The Leadership in Science Education Prize for High School Teachers recognizes outstanding science teachers. Teachers must be nominated by an administrator within their school or district to be eligible to win a prize of up to $1,000. This organization has several awards that are of interest to both teachers and other leaders in science. For example, The GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists awards an annual grand prize of $25,000 while runners up receive $5,000. The GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientist deadline is August 1, 2010. There are awards for people who write scientific articles and books for people of all ages with a scientific theme. For additional information, go to: http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/.

Earth Day/World Ocean Day Challenge 
Deadline May 22
Challenge yourself and your coworkers or students to send in your best ideas on how to reduce the use of plastic.  The Committee will vote on which idea they consider the most creative and/or demanding of efforts.  Send in the idea via email.  Contact Amy Gollenberg at agollenberg@dolphinquest.com.

Ready to Teach 
Deadline May 24
The Ready to Teach program supports the use of telecommunications to improve teaching by assisting school teachers with student preparation to achieve challenging state academic content and standards in core curriculum areas.  Applicants must be a nonprofit telecommunications entity or partnership of such entities.  See the website for details:
http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-1/032310h.html.
 
Save the Bay Photo Contest 
Deadline May 28

What do you love most about the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers, and streams? Enter the photo contest go to: http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=1780.
 
Science Teacher Academy Fellowships 
Deadline May 30
NSTA fellowships offer grade 6-12 teachers in their first through third years of teaching a year-long immersion in a host of science-related activities and professional development opportunities.  http://www.nsta.org/academy/.
 
National EE Week Photo Blog Contest 
April 1 – May 31
National Environmental Education Week offers the EE Week Photo Blog and contest, designed to allow educators to upload their photos and stories of bringing environmental education into the classroom.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three blogs that are submitted from April 1-May 31, 2010. Go to: http://www.eeweek.org/photoblog.htm.
 
USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition: Small, Green, Affordable 
Presented by Salvation Army’s EnviRenew Initiative
Deadline May 31
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) wants you to help rebuild New Orleans sustainably and affordably. USGBC’s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition, presented by the Salvation Army’s EnviRenew Initiative, is challenging students and emerging professionals to design a small, green, affordable, LEED Platinum homes for elderly residents of the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans. New Orleans has seen a lot of reconstruction and regeneration, but the job is far from done. This is your chance to help rebuild a city the right way and change lives forever. Go to: http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions.
 
Active Learning Grant Program 
Deadline June 1
Samsung’s Active Learning Grant Program awards cameras based on need to K-12 schools that can utilize a document camera to encourage active learning.  Go to: http://www.samsunggrants.com/.

Connect Grants for Culturally Diverse Communities 
Deadline June 1
Connect Grants provide support and training for Leave No Trace education and materials. Grant awards range from $500 - $2,500. Go to: http://lnt.org/programs/grants.php.

Captain Planet Foundation
Deadline June 30

The range of grants from the Captain Planet Foundation is typically $250 - $2,500. In order to be considered, the proposal must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, involve children and young adults 6-18 years of age (elementary through high school), promote interaction and cooperation within the group, help young people develop planning and problem solving skills, include adult supervision, and commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation (specific requirements are explained once the grant has been awarded). Go to the following website for additional information: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx?pid=3.

Save the Frogs Art and Poetry Contest
Savethefrogs.com is a non-profit organization that is sponsoring an art contest and a poetry context to get citizens interested and raise awareness of amphibians facing extinction. Both the art and the poetry contests are open to children and adults. The deadline for poetry submissions is May 29, 2010 and the deadline for art is September 29, 2010. Cash prizes of up to $100 will be awarded. The best poems and art will go into a book to be sold to raise money to continue this organization’s conservation efforts throughout the world. http://www.savethefrogs.com/.

Do Something Seed Grants
One award for $500 is given out every week! This grant is available to youth ages 25 and under that have a plan for a community action project and need some seed money to get started. For additional information, go to: http://www.dosomething.org/grants.

Upcoming Events

See the new and improve VaN Calendar with map feature for a listing of all events.

Virginia Marine Science Day at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science 
May 22
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Gloucester Point
VIMS' annual Marine Science Day is a fun-filled event for the whole family. There will be exhibits, children's activities, seining on the York River, lab tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event proceeds rain or shine. For more information go to the website: http://www.vims.edu/public/msd/index.php or contact Susan Maples at montica1@vims.edu or (804) 684-7846.

Learn How to Care for Virginia’s Injured Wildlife
The Wildlife Center of Virginia offers classes for citizens that are interested in learning how to assist wild animals that need help. The introductory classes will also cover wildlife rehabilitation and the permitting process. For more information, including class descriptions and costs, visit the Wildlife Center of Virginia's website.

No Child Left on the Shore Eco-Heritage Project
EE Volunteer Educator Training Workshop
Free, 14 hours teacher credit
May 15 – 16 & July 24 - 25

The Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown in partnership with the Schooner Alliance is conducting educational training workshops for the environmental science program "No Child Left on the Shore" (NCLOS). This free 14 hour, multidisciplinary workshop will train educators to conduct scientific method based comparative sampling on the shore of the York River and in the main channel on the Schooner Alliance. The workshop also includes Project Aquatic Wild, and NCLOS Special Needs Educator training.

Details are available at www.watermens.org For more information contact Michael Steen at Msteen1781@cox.net or (757) 887-2641.
 
Conservation Conflict Resolution Course 
May 13 – 22
National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia
 
The new Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Programs graduate and professional course, “Conservation Conflict Resolution,” will explore conflict dynamics through conflict analysis models, appreciate the role of identity in conflict, and absorb the principles behind effective conflict resolution processes. Go to: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/MAB/GMU/consconflict.cfm.
 
Central Virginia Environmental Education Alliance 
May 22
Claytor Nature Study Center, Lynchburg
This is thespring networking meeting for formal and non-formal environmental educators. For information, contact Dan Cohen at cohen.d1@lynchburg.edu or visit the website at www.lynchburg.edu/claytor.
 
Something Is Killing our Bats – And It’s In Virginia! 
June 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
The mysterious White Nose Syndrome (WNS) that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the northeastern U.S was confirmed in five counties in Virginia in spring 2009. Join U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologist Sumalee Hoskin at the Virginia Living Museum to explore what is known about WNS, the current status of WNS in our state, which bats are affected and what the spread of WNS may mean to Virginia’s caves and other wildlife. Call (757) 595-9135 to register or visit the website at: http://www.thevlm.org/AdultPrograms.aspx.

Wildlife in the Bay Watershed Academy
July 12 – 16
Spaces are still available in the VRUEC Wildlife in the Bay Watershed Academy hosted by the Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries. The Academy will be held at the Chickahominy Wildlife management Area in Charles City County from 8:30-4:00 each day. Teachers will learn field investigation techniques used to monitor wildlife populations near their school.    The Academy is free, teachers will receive guides and materials needed to monitor wildlife populations. Graduate credit is available for a fee. Register on line at www.vanaturally.com/bayacademy.html.
Underground Treasures 
August 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News

Virginia’s Rocks and Minerals Below the surface throughout Virginia lies an amazing variety of rock and mineral resources. In this hands-on workshop for adults at the Virginia Living Museum, we’ll use simple field and lab techniques to learn to identify native Virginia rocks and minerals, ores, encounter some minerals with unusual properties, and show examples of some surprising commercial uses for these resources. Presented by Jim Drummond, VLM Education Associate. Go to http://www.thevlm.org/AdultPrograms.aspx for additional information.

Virginia Maritime Heritage Eco-Heritage Project
June and August
CS Volunteer Educator Training Workshop
Free, 14 hours teacher credit
June 26 – 27, August 14 - 15
 
The Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, in partnership with the Maritime Museum Education Consortium, is conducting educational training workshops for the cultural studies program "Virginia Maritime Heritage" (VMH). This free 14 hour, multidisciplinary workshop will train educators to conduct comparative cultural history and natural science components focused on Virginia Indian Studies, Exploration, Pirates, and Colonial Maritime History. The workshop also includes Project Aquatic Wild, Virginia Indian Maritime Heritage Curriculum, and NCLOS Special Needs Educator training. Details are available at www.watermens.org.  For more information contact Michael Steen at Msteen1781@cox.net or (757) 887-2641.

Summer Teacher Training Workshops
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
June – August, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Virginia Living Museum is offering workshops for teachers throughout the summer. Classes include:

  • June 28          Thinking Like a Scientist: Upper Elementary
  • June 29          Freshwater Ecology: Pond and Stream
  • June 30          Introducing Science Pre-K
  • July 1              Exploring Habitats
  • July 26            Schoolyard Ecology
  • July 27            Chesapeake Bay Ecology
  • July 28            More Science Pre-K
  • July 29            Webs of Life
  • August 9         Living Plant
  • August 10      Geology Rocks
  • August 11      Virginia’s Prehistoric Past
  • August 12      Teaching Scientific Investigation 
All of the workshops are $55 and include the workshop materials. For more information, go to http://www.thevlm.org/teacher-training-registration.aspx.
 
Mary Baldwin College Offers Environment Based Learning Courses Summer 2010
June 28 – July 2 – Math in the Garden (ED617)
July 12 – 16 The Intersection of Life and Land (IN634)
August 2 – 6 Natural Research: Using the Environment for Student-Driven Investigations (ED618)

For more information or to register, go to: www.mbc.edu/ebl or contact Dr. Tamra Willis, Graduate Teacher Education Program, Mary Baldwin College at twillis@mbc.edu or (540) 887-7135. 

Partner Updates and Resources

Welcome New Partners:

Your Virginia 

Virginia Resource Use Education Council’s Environmental Education Award  
The VRUEC Environmental Education Award recognizes an outstanding Virginian who has made major contributions to promoting public knowledge and understanding of natural resources in the Commonwealth.  This award is given to a person who has demonstrated state and/or regional leadership in fostering working relationships and programs that benefit the educators and students of Virginia.  Recipient may not receive the award more then once.  Nominee must be a resident of Virginia.
 
The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council (VRUEC) is comprised of representatives from Virginia’s state and federal natural resources agencies, the Dept. of Education, institutes of higher education and private organizations dedicated to environmental education.
 
Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges representing a cross section of environmental agencies and groups.  Selection of winner will be based on demonstrated commitment to Environmental Education throughout their career and documented accomplishments in the field of environmental education.
 
Award will be presented at the VRUEC annual meeting or the Virginia Naturally conference of partners.  The award will be presented at the fall meeting.

Nomination Requirements:

  1. One-page biography of the nominee, and supporting material as needed.
  2. A one page abstract giving as overview of contributions and accomplishments.
  3. Detailed description of local, regional and statewide educational projects/activities and their impact on the educators and students in Virginia.  Include objectives and results of activities.  No more than three pages.
  4. Describe nominee’s ability to inspire and encourage environmental awareness.
Deadline:
Nominations must be submitted to the VRUEC Awards Committee by July 1 of the current year.  Nominations postmarked later than July 1st will not be considered.  Individuals may nominate themselves.
 
Send nominations to:      
VRUEC Award Committee
c/o Suzie Gilley – Chair
P.O. Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230-1104
 
Beth Hawse
Chief Ranger of Interpretation and Education
Douthat State Park
14239 Douthat State Park Road
Millboro, Virginia 24460
540-862-8117
beth.hawse@dcr.virginia.gov
Congratulations Clermont Elementary School, Alexandria
Ms. Amanda Cooke’s 5th grade class was recognized for their “Superior Environmental Achievement” by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the President’s Environmental Youth Awards. Ms. Cooke’s class project was titled We are all Affected by Climate Change; Even the Diamondback Terrapins. For additional information about PEYA visit the EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/peya/.
 
Update on White Nose Bat Syndrome (WNS)
This article was submitted by Carol Zokaites, Education Coordinator for the Department of Conservation and Recreation. For additional information contact her at carol.zokaites@dcr.virginia.gov or 540-394-2553.

It has been a year since WNS was found on bats in a Virginia cave so I wanted to update you on White-Nose Syndrome in Virginia and surrounding states. Basically it is not good. We now have 8 counties in Virginia where the bats have the WNS fungus. WNS has been confirmed in a Tennessee cave, just over the state line from Bristol, Virginia. WNS was also found in the biggest bat hibernaculum in the Virginia's, Hellhole, in West Virginia.

I went to the caves in Bland County. The temperature was in the 50's but there was still about 6 inches of snow cover on the ground and ice in the cave entrances. We saw many bats flying out of the cave in the middle of the day and we found about 1,000 bats in the entrance room to a cave where there is usually only one or two. These are the type of behaviors displayed by bats with WNS.

The Bat Conservation International (BCI) Web Site says "WNS has caused the most precipitous wildlife decline in the past century in North America" BCI also has a nice fact sheet on their web site http://batcon.org/index.php/what-we-do/white-nose-syndrome.html.
 
There is a second poster on WNS in Virginia on the DCR karst program web site - under outreach materials. Use these posters with your classrooms or at outreach events:
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/wns_toolbox.shtml.
 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife WNS web page has information on the Virginia Big-eared Bat project at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Front Royal, Virginia along with other information. Go to: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/white_nose.html.
 
The current range map for WNS and lots of national information and links to other web sites can be found at http://www.caves.org/WNS.
 
Please pass this information along to other educators; it would be great to have this information on WNS shared in spring and summer workshops.
 
Vote for Tree Planting in Virginia’s State Parks 
Website opens May 25
.
Odwalla will be giving away $200,000 to plant trees in State Parks across the nation.  Last year Virginia finished second only to Michigan and we received $23,577 for trees for our parks.   
 
The Odwalla Plant a Tree Program is in its 3rd year, and in 2010 will be available to all 50 States.  The program allows a person to “vote” for which state they want trees to be planted in, and each “vote” = $1 for your state parks to be used to plant trees.
 
HOW: A person can visit www.odwalla.com/plantatree and choose which state they want to vote for.  No purchase necessary. 
 
I hope on May 25th we can count on your vote for every email address you have and please pass the work on to friends and family. 
 
Virginia State Parks THANK YOU!

Litter Picks

Non-Competitive Litter Prevention and Recycling Grants
The Application and the Guidelines for the Non-Competitive Litter Prevention and Recycling Grants have been posted. DEQ is testing an electronic version of the Performance part of the Performance and Accounting Report which is expected to be posted soon. The deadline for the Application is June 30, 2010 and the deadline for the Performance and Accounting Report is August 1, 2010. Note the deadline change for the Performance and Accounting Report. For additional information, go to: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/recycle/programs.html.

Virginia Recycling Association Conference 
May 18 – 19

The annual Virginia Recycling Association’s conference will be held in Virginia Beach at the Wyndham Hotel. For additional information to: http://vrarecycles.org.dnnmax.com/.

Virginia Council for Litter Prevention and Recycling
The VCLPR will hold their next meeting on June 30 at the Henrico County Training Center at the corner of Parham andShrader Roads in Henrico County. For directions contact Megan Brown at bro77@co.henrico.va.us or 804-501-7277.
 
Graffiti Hurts Grant 
Deadline to Apply June 1
Keep America Beautiful is offering three grants to governments to help clean up and reduce graffiti.   For information about the grant go to: http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pressreleases_4_1_10.

Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup
The 2010 theme is “Green Starts Here.” In March and May, KAB anticipates that 1,200 affiliates will rally an estimated 3 million volunteers to participate in litter cleanups, host recycling events, remove graffiti and participate in other litter, recycling, and beautification events. There are 13 Virginia litter programs that are KAB affiliates. KAB encourages individuals to either contact their local KAB affiliate or host their own activity. Here is the link to KAB’s webpage with suggestions for organizing a stewardship event: http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=gac_organizeyourown

Here is the link to the list of litter and recycling program managers in Virginia from the DEQ website: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/recycle/contactlist.html. The local litter program managers can help individuals or groups to organize a litter cleanup.

Alice Ferguson Foundation Schedules Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
The Alice Ferguson Foundation hosted the 22nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 10, 2010. There were many sites to pick from in Virginia to participate in a cleanup of the Potomac River watershed in the counties of Augusta, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and the cities of Fairfax, Alexandria.  The results of the litter cleanups are being updated as results are received.  Visit the website at: http://www.fergusonfoundation.org/trash_initiative/trash_cleanup.shtml.

No Excuse for Litter
Calcasieu Parrish in Louisiana had inmates create an innovative anti-littering billboard that shows citizens the variety of trash that has been found along the roads. It encourages citizens to call the litter hotline when they see citizens littering. To read the full story and see the billboard go to: http://www.cppj.net/index.aspx?recordid=292&page=30.
 
Educators Guide to Marine Debris: Southeast and Gulf of Mexico
This educator’s guide is a collection of activities and lesson plans to teach about the harmful effects of marine litter. Although it is written especially for the Southeast and the Gulf of Mexico, the activities are relevant to Virginia’s waterways. This guide is similar to Pollution Solutions, but offers some variations. To download the Educators Guide to Marine Debris: Southeast and Gulf of Mexico; visit this website: http://www.cosee-se.org/marinedebris.php. To view the Pollution Solutions activities, go to: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/education/polsol.html. Additional litter resources are available on the DEQ litter page by going to: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/recycle/lprevention.html.
 
Chesapeake Foundation’s Clean the Bay Day Activities 
June 5
Twenty-Six organizations in Virginia have registered events with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as part of Clean the Bay Day. Go to:http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=1697.

1st National Reuse Conference & Expo 
October 18 – 20, 2010 Raleigh, North Carolina

To learn more about attending the conference and/or exhibiting at the expo, go to www.reuseconex.org.

Fools for Art
Chesterfield County held their annual “Fool for Art” celebration on April 17 at John Tyler Community College.  Over 5,000 people attended this event. The recycling bin painting was very popular.  Contact Pamela Cooper at cooperp@chesterfield.gov or 804-751-2227.

Assorted Items of Professional Interest

Endangered Species Day is May 21
Find out what is happening around the country or register an event go to: http://www.stopextinction.org/esd.html.
 
Ongoing Lunch Break Science Series at the Science Museum of Virginia
The Science Museum of Virginia offers free adult education lunch break science lectures from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. every Wednesday. For a listing of classes go to: http://www.smv.org/adulteducation.html.
 
Oceans
Disney in partnership with National Geographic released the movie Oceans in conjunction with Earth Day 2010. Visit the website to preview the movie, download educational activity and educator’s guide. Go to: http://disney.go.com/disneynature/oceans/.
 
PollinatorLive: The Insect Zoo in your Schoolyard
May 12, 2010
Topics vary throughout the day. Go to: http://pollinatorlive.pwnet.org/teacher/webcasts.php.
 
North American Association for Environmental Education 
Registration begins June 1
The conference will be held in Buffalo-Niagara, New York, September 29 – October 2. For information go to: http://www.naaee.org/.
 
The Great American Backyard Campout
June 26

The National Wildlife Federation encourages people to camp in their backyards or participate in community camp outs as a way to connect with nature and build memories of spending time outdoors. For more information go to: http://online.nwf.org/site/PageNavigator/gabc_2010_home.
 
Social Marketing for Sustainability: Influencing Greener Behaviors through Research-Based Messaging 
Register by May 14
May 24 & 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Maryland College Park, Stamp Student Union
Accessible by Metro (College Park station on the Green Line)
How can we get more people to recycle, carpool, turn the lights off, use less water, use reusable bags and prevent the spread of invasive species? Mpact Communication, LLC has designed a course specifically focused on helping those in the environmental communication world communicate more effectively! Social marketing for Sustainability: Influencing Greener Behaviors through Research-Based Messaging was designed to take the guess-work out of designing messages and bring communication research to practitioners. For more information go to http://www.mpactcomm.com/courses/.
 
Trip to the Galapagos Islands 
Deadline to Apply May 26
If you were selected for the Toyota International Teacher Program to go to the Galapagos Islands, how would you use the experience to advance global connectedness and environmental stewardship in your classroom and broader school community? Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is offering a fully funded expedition November 20 – December 4, 2010. Go to: http://www.toyota4education.com/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HowToApply.
 
Chesapeake Classrooms
June, July, and August 2010

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is offering 5-day immersion courses in DC, MD, PA, and VA throughout the summer. Each session is $150 per person. Visit the website at www.cfb.org/chesapeakeclassrooms.
 
2010 People's Garden Summer Program Guide
All programs and activities listed in this guide are free of charge and open to the public. Upcoming festivals, gardening workshops and youth programs are listed here for May, June, July and August. To register for one of the Healthy Garden Workshops call (202) 690-3898. To schedule a Guided Tour of the People's Garden or Program for Youth call (202) 708-0082.   Click Here.
 
Chemicals Regulation: REACHing for TSCA Reform 
June 11
University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
This conference is sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law. For additional information go to: http://new.abanet.org/committees/environmental/Pages/ConferenceProgram.aspx.
 
Field Biology for Educators
BIOL 4501/7510, Section 4 (4cr @ undergraduate or graduate level)
Instructor: Bronwyn Bleakley, Smith College
Dates: June 14 – July 9
University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station (Pembroke, VA)
The Mountain Lake Biological Station is a field research and teaching facility located in the deciduous hardwood forest of the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia. The astonishing diversity of the region and MLBS provides an extraordinary setting to integrate research experience with strategies and tools for effective science education.
  • Experience hands-on, active and problem-based learning in conservation, evolution, ecology, and genetics
  • Study local animals, plants and their interactions
  • Develop survey and identification skills for local wildlife
  • Conduct field and lab experiments that may be used within a classroom
  • Create a teaching portfolio to facilitate field research by your students, develop and utilize wildlife habitats, integrate field and lab studies, fulfill state and national teaching standards, and assess student outcomes
  • Write a short grant to apply for external funding to support wildlife education at your school
For additional information go to http://mlbs.org/courses.html or email mbls@virginia.edu or bbleakle@smith.edu.
 
Agriculture in the Classroom – National Conference 
June 24 – 26 Baltimore
Marriott Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
This conference is for all educators and curriculum developers. Experience hands-on workshops and a “Share Your Best” resource fair. Go to: http://www.aitc2010.com/.

National Wildlife Photo Contest 
Deadline July 6, 2010
The contest is sponsored by National Wildlife Magazine. Go to: http://www.nwf.org/photocontest/default.aspx?s_src=News_and_Magazines_Pages_2010_NWM_photocontest?20100211_WLO_February_Edition.
 
Introduction to Aquatic Toxicology: Understanding Impacts of Organic Chemicals on Aquatic Ecosystems 
July 21-22, 2010, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Course ID: ETOX - 410
Department of Environmental Quality Building
629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
This introductory course provides participants with a strong foundation in aquatic toxicology and the way these concepts are applied to managing pollutants in aquatic environments. The course covers terminology, common test designs and endpoints such as lethality, cancer, and endocrine disruption. Discussion includes fate and transport as it relates to bioavailability and pollutant partitioning in aquatic environments, as well as important preexisting and emerging pollutants. Other topics include Water Quality criteria from the Clean Water Act, 2007 EPA updates for Aquatic Life Copper Criteria, and site-specific criteria for metals using hardness correction, water effects ratio (WER), and the biotic ligand model (BLM). 

You may register via the link below or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976. Register Online!

Semester of Service Strategy Guide
Help young people to learn to take action in their communities through long-term service projects. This guide contains links to other websites where the leader can find ideas for projects in their communities. Go to: http://www.ysa.org/2010-sos-guide.

New PestWise Web Site on epa.gov
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has a new Web site on non-regulatory programs for reducing pesticide risk through environmental stewardship - partnerships, grants, and education. The site, PestWise: Partnerships for Environmental Innovation in Pest Management, has information for industry professionals, growers, school teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about responsible pest management to reduce pesticide risk. It also contains information on grants available to support projects that demonstrate the effectiveness of Integrated Pest Management and biopesticides. The PestWise site spotlights the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, the Agency’s partnership program dedicated to reducing pesticide risk where people live, work, play, and farm. The site also features information on the Strategic Agricultural Initiative, IPM in Schools Program, Biopesticide Demonstration Grant Program, and other grant programs.
 
The new site may be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/pestwise.
 
The Bay Backpack
The Bay Backpack is a website that was produced by the Chesapeake Bay Program. It provides teaching resources, field studies, professional development opportunities, and grant funding. Go to: http://www.baybackpack.com/index.cfm?page=app.home.
 
Cool Science
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a wealth of information for adults and children interested in science. The science database has resources available for teaching a variety of scientific topics. Children can get ideas for science fairs or experiments that they can do at home. Students can ask scientists questions. Go to:   http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/index.html.

Website of Interest

Journey North
Learn about animals as they travel along their global migratory paths. What blooms and when? Learn interesting facts about nature. Go to: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/.

  

 

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